Tyson Fury slams ‘coward’ Anthony Joshua and says fight is officially off
The Gypsy King claims his rival has ducked a long-awaited bout
Tyson Fury says his much-anticipated showdown with long-time heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua will not happen after the younger Brit missed Monday’s deadline to sign the fight contract.
Although all parties had appeared confident that terms would be agreed just a few weeks ago, Fury felt talks were dragging and gave AJ a deadline of 5pm on Monday to put pen to paper otherwise he would walk away from negotiations.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had taken a dim view of Fury’s ultimatum – particularly given that they had a nine-day wait to receive the contract in the first place, partly owing to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Even the Gypsy King’s own promoter, Frank Warren, had played down his fighter’s comments and he met with Hearn on Monday, as well as broadcasters DAZN and BT Sport, to try and iron out a deal.
But Fury is adamant that the fight will not take place and is standing by his strict deadline, calling out Joshua and claiming he will never give his compatriot another shot at the WBC heavyweight title again.
‘Well guys it’s official, D-Day has come and gone,’ said Fury in a video posted on his Instagram stories on Monday evening.
‘It’s gone past 5pm on Monday, no contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua. He’s now out in the cold with the wolf pack. Forget about it.
‘Idiot. Coward. S**t house. Body Builder. Always knew it. I always knew you didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King.
‘Regardless of what the f**k you say now, I don’t really care. Good luck with your career and your life. End of. Peace out.’
Speaking during his own Instagram Live on Sunday afternoon, Joshua had said he was eager to fight Fury but was waiting for sign-off from his team: ‘I’ve been signing contracts for years. It’s not in my hands, it’s with the legal team.
‘That’s why you hire lawyers. If you know the history of boxing make sure you get the legal terms right, that’s why you get good management and good lawyers to make sure you get your business right.’
He added: ‘Of course I’m going to sign the contract, it’s just with some lawyers at the minute.’